Hi Guys, Aisling here again continuing with our blog series on fungal nail infection. If you’ve been following this blog you’ll know like every topic I cover, I’m not leaving any stone unturned! I am exploring fungal nail from every perspective and sharing and all of the knowledge I gain on this yellow crumbling area with you all! (or at least those you who want to know) Whether you have fungal nail or not or perhaps you fear you do, this blog will benefit everyone as this infection can be picked up by anyone and once it is, it’s highly infectious and unsightly! The key to prevention is education folks! Today I will be looking at the infected toe nail specifically. As usual, all of the information I sourced from this blog has come from a very reliable source, Havana Skin Clinic When it comes to my readers health, I only source information from a certified source to ensure that it’s 110% accurate. With that in mind, let’s dive straight in.
Fungal Nail infection – Infected Toe Nail
Fungal nail infection: An infected toenail (toenail fungus) can cause nuisance, pain, and can damage the appearance of the nails. There are a few reasons why toenails get infected. If the toe is red, swollen or sore, it may have been infected by bacteria or fungus. The person with infected nails may also be suffering from a disease that affects the immune system like diabetes. If you think you have an infected toenail or ingrown toenail, we’ll talk more about it here.
Causes of an infected toenail (what will cause a fungal nail infection)
Infected toenails could be originating from the skin infections around the nails called paronychia. Below are a few causes of infected toenails:
- Cutting the nails too short or cutting the cuticle around the nails too short
- Ingrown nails where the nail grows in a direction that punctures the skin
- You have nail fungus
- Your feet are frequently wet
- Feet have calluses
Toenail infection caused by fungus
Nail fungus or onychomycosis can be easily detected. People with this disease have nails that change in appearance. In most cases, nail fungus can be painful. A person’s nails with onychomycosis turn yellow, you will see a thickened nail, rough, or may cause the nails to crumble. Streaks on the side of the nail may also appear, and sometimes, patients completely lose the infected nail. The toenail with fungi may also change its color to brown, yellow or white.
Organisms like dermatophytes, Candida (yeast) and non-dermatophyte moulds cause the start of onychomycosis infection. Such organisms live in dark and damp places where a person can get a fungal infection.
People at any age can have a fungal nail disease, but it’s more common in adults.
As people age, the nails become drier and more brittle. When the nails crack, this is where fungi can enter and infect the rest of the nails. Although humans normally have fungi inside and outside the body, the time the number of fungus overgrows, it’s where the symptoms of infection begin.
What shocked me most was the worst case scenario, loss of nail! I’m not sure what would be grimmer though, the thickening yellow crumbling nails or a complete loss! Think about it, you use your nails for so much, how strange would be be to just have a soft finger tip with no nail? As always guys if you’ve been following this blog series and missed yesterdays, you can catch it here: Beauty Tips Blog